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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

HONORING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION
Nine members will be honored at the Annual Meeting with the AASCU Excellence and Innovation awards. Read news release


NEW BOOK LOOKS AT BUSINESS MODEL DRIVING HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM
Wired for Success, commissioned by AASCU and written by former senior fellow Susan Aldridge and her colleague Kathleen Harvatt,looks at harnessingtechnology and innovation as keys to reform. Buy Online

NEW INNOVATIONS
University of Northern Iowa and University of South Carolina Campuses Share Innovations via AASCU Innovations Exchange: Parity for Students: Collaborative Advocacy at the University of South Carolina and Panther Caucus – University of Northern Iowa State Advocacy Initiative

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Programs

Montclair State University (N.J.)
Montclair State University became the first public university in New Jersey to adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional policy for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. Read more

University of Central Florida
The benefits of and need for partnerships extend well beyond the business world, and one area where they can pay the highest dividends is in education. From student engagement to teacher development, UCF’s Professional Development School Consortium puts current research into practice in area classrooms while providing future educators with direct experience teaching to Florida Standards. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida recently launched University College to enhance the effectiveness of student support services by streamlining programs into one comprehensive unit. The college consists of academic programs, including the Kugelman Honors Program and General Studies Program, as well as the First Year Advising Center and professional readiness programs. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)
West Chester University developed its latest international partnership, with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick, Ireland, in a matter of months. This summer, WCU President Greg Weisenstein and MIC President Michael Hayes signed a formal memorandum of understanding at a ceremony in Limerick. The relationship opens the door to student and faculty exchanges plus collaborative research and will be interdisciplinary, with initial programs presented by WCU’s College of Education. Read more

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Worth Noting

U.S. Department of Education Grants and Awards
A number of AASCU members have received grants from the Department of Education to support underrepresented students in Gifted and Talented Programs. Read more

U.S. Department of Education “First in the World” Grants
A number of AASCU members are also among the 24 colleges and universities to receive the Department $75 million awards under the new “First in the World (FITW) grant program. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills received the largest grant award --$12.4 million-- from the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnerships grant program to train highly qualified secondary math and science teachers and help improve student achievement. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College has received a grant to help fund tuition and fees for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program who plan to work in Georgia’s rural or underserved areas after graduation. The $69,199 in federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist Georgia in improving access to health care, educating residents of rural and underserved communities and addressing health concerns in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Read more

Kent State University at Stark (Ohio)
Kent State University at Stark was awarded a $28,000 Dominion Foundation Higher Education Partnership Grant for the Campus to Career: From the Liberal Arts to the Energy Sector program. The grant will fund the installation of a vertical axis wind turbine that will benefit students in several disciplines, including biology, geology, education, geography, mathematics, physics and psychology. Read more

Lyndon State College (Vt.)
Lyndon State College’s Atmospheric Sciences Department and its Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM) were awarded $200,000 from VLITE (Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity), a public benefit and nonprofit corporation. The support allows VIAM to conduct a three-year applied research project along with Vermont Electric Power Company (Velco) and IBM’s “Deep Thunder” project. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
High school and middle school science teachers throughout the U.S. will soon have tools to engage students on watershed issues, thanks to a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that will aid collaborative research in environmental science. Read more

Montclair State University (N.J.)
Montclair State University received a $6.2 Million U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University has received $25,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support academic programs with an emphasis on adding engineering talent to the STEM pipeline. The donation will fund the Consumers Energy Engineering Talent Development Program, which is intended to develop a pipeline of electrical engineers to meet the region's energy industry needs. Read more

Sul Ross State University (Texas)
Sul Ross State University-Alpine and Rio Grande College-Uvalde have been awarded two of three new five-year, $2.87 million grants to Texas universities for promoting post-baccalaureate programs for Hispanic students. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Central Oklahoma a 7-year, $5 million grant under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The grant will serve 899 low-income students from high-poverty, low-performing urban middle and high schools in four school districts in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
The UHV Counseling Center will start a suicide prevention project called Jags for Life after receiving a $257,459 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
A paper co-authored by Shane Hunt, dean, and John Mello, associate professor of marketing, won the 2013 Bernard J. LaLonde Award for best paper in the Journal of Business Logistics. The award is considered the most prestigious research award in logistics and supply chain management. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • UCF, together with NASA Kennedy Space Center and an early stage startup company, HySense Technology, will be recognized by R&D Magazine later this year for developing and producing one of the top 100 innovations of the year. This award, known as the R&D 100, is widely regarded as the “Oscars of Invention.” UCF researchers at the Florida Solar Energy Center began work on the breakthrough technology, a color-changing tape to visually detect hydrogen leaks, under a grant from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Read more
  • Two engineering professors and an associate vice president at the University of Central Florida have each received Schwartz Tech Awards. The awards recognize Central Florida researchers and leaders from academia and industry who are pioneering exploratory and cutting-edge research to enhance products, services or other applications in any field. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games received one of two Rings of Gold awards at the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Chicago. The UCO Endeavor Games is the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability event. The Rings of Gold award is handed out each year to an individual and a program that helps children achieve their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. Read more

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Spotlight

California State University, Northridge
The world’s coral reefs may survive the effects of an increasingly warmer planet, but not in a state that most people would recognize, according to a new study by California State University, Northridge marine biologist Peter Edmunds. Edmunds, co-lead author Ruth D. Gates of the University of Hawaii and fellow CSUN marine biologist Robert Carpenter joined 20 other scientists from around the globe — including the United States, Australia, Taiwan, France and Kenya — to develop models, based on current research and historical data, on what will happen to the world’s coral reefs if climate change continues to warm the earth’s oceans. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University will take home this year’s IAEM-USA Student Chapter of the Year awarded by the International Association for Emergency Managers (IAEM), an organization that promotes the principles and practices of emergency management. Read more

Montclair State University (N.J.)
Montclair State University has created the Montclair Film Institute, an initiative that will be directed to ensuring the preservation, growth and enrichment of the art of film through research, education, professional development and community programming. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)

  • West Chester University’s chapter of Active Minds has achieved five-star status from its national organization. Active Minds, Inc. -- the voice of young adult mental health advocacy -- helps students change the perception about mental health on college campuses nationwide, with suicide as a main focus. Read more
  • With the help of West Chester University education majors, professor Donna Sanderson has been collecting, cleaning, sorting and labeling the plastic caps from milk jugs, juice and soft drinks, to be repurposed as learning aids in classrooms. The “cap kits” fill a need for in-class learning resources at schools and sites such as domestic violence centers and literacy programs. Parents can use the kits at home to reinforce and enhance skills learned in school. Sanderson has also shared the kits with colleagues in Costa Rica, Honduras, the Bahamas, and Malawi, Africa. Read more

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